Most Wired 2010Riverside Health System has been named to the nation’s Top 100 Most Wired Hospitals/Health Systems for a sixth straight year, according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released in July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Some of the technologies now used daily at Riverside that helped the health system earn this award multiple times are those that help with medication distribution (MAK), the construction and transfer of medical records (Sorian), storage of x-ray, other diagnostic images (PACS) and lab results, and a system that provides life-saving connections between areas within the Emergency Department (IBEX).  

“From a continuum of care perspective, with all of the patient care related systems (e.g. electronic medical record systems (EMRs), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), etc.), Riverside is a leader and has been for many years.” explains John Stanley, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.  “Two great examples include the implementation of an EMR in the physician practices beginning the mid nineties and the implementation of the Siemens Soarian Computerized Order Entry System beginning last year.” Stanley continued.

This year’s survey reveals continued progress for hospitals in patient safety initiatives:

  • Fifty-one percent of medication orders were done electronically by physicians at Most Wired hospitals, up from 49 percent last year. 
  • Over half (55 percent) of Most Wired hospitals match medication orders at the bedside through bar coding or radio-frequency identification, up from 49 percent in 2009 and from 23 percent five years ago. 
  • Additionally, Most Wired hospitals have made improvements when it comes to sharing information during care transitions.  For example, new medication lists are electronically delivered to caregivers and patients 94 percent of the time when a patient is transferred within the hospital, 98 percent at discharge and 86 percent when transferred to another care setting.
    “The survey results highlight that continued progress is being made but the full potential of health IT has not been meet,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA).  “Hospitals embrace health IT and recognize the many benefits it can provide to patients, but even Most Wired hospitals face barriers to adoption.  We have asked that the federal government stimulate greater adoption by making Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments more widely available to hospitals and physicians so more hospitals can move in this direction.”

Survey results speak to the fact that the full potential of health IT has not been met and that the use of electronic medical record (EHR) functions is still not widespread, even with independent physicians who practice within hospitals.  For Most Wired hospitals, only 43 percent of independent physician practices have the ability to electronically document medical records, 41 percent have computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and 44 percent have decision support.

The Most Wired Survey is conducted annually by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the AHA, which uses the results to name the 100 Most Wired hospitals and health systems. It focuses on how the nation’s hospitals use information technologies for quality, customer service, public health and safety, business processes and workforce issues. 

Published: July 7, 2010